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Boiled crawfish is prepared at Bevi Seafood Co. on March 19, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Boiled crawfish from Bevi Seafood Co.
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Where to Get Boiled Crawfish in and Around New Orleans

Bring a sack home or pick ‘em onsite at these New Orleans-area spots boiling crawfish right now

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Crawfish season is in full-swing, showing up just in time to accompany the first glimpses of beautiful spring weather. Best enjoyed with friends and family standing around a fold-up table, it’s the ultimate gathering food. While many boil their own, every New Orleanian also has a go-to spot to pick up sacks of the hot boiled mudbugs for when they’re short on time or need a quick fix. The specialty can also be enjoyed at a number of sit-down restaurants in the area that offer both traditional Cajun seasoning and boils with a Vietnamese twist.

The list does not include restaurants that are doing boiled crawfish as a special from time-to-time or bars that hold boils during the season. These spots are the places that specialize in boiled seafood and can be counted on to have crawfish if it’s in season.

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1. Bobby’s Seafood

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9013 Jefferson Hwy
River Ridge, LA 70123
(504) 738-2104
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Bobby’s Seafood in Harahan is a seafood market that sells fresh and boiled seafood, as well as the traditional list of po’ boys (i.e. shrimp, oyster, catfish, roast beef, etc). The food is solid and the freshness of the seafood can’t be beat. It’s mostly a market, but there are a couple tables.

2. Seither’s Seafood

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279 Hickory Ave
Harahan, LA 70123
(504) 738-1116
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Seither’s is tucked away in Harahan and you’ll know you’ve arrived when you a small, brightly colored building in a little parking lot of discarded oyster shells. The menu hits all the basics, but also has some more creative items, like the oyster, bacon and mozzarella monster po’ boy. Seither’s is currently hosting live music in a lovely space outside, a perfect backdrop for picking crawfish.

3. Captain Sid's

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1700 Lake Ave
Metairie, LA
(504) 831-2840
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Just down the street from Deanie’s, Captain Sid’s has been around for decades and specializes in fresh and boiled seafood. It’s a tidy operation with no tables, so plan on taking your loot with you. Before you go, check the deli case for stuffed crabs, crawfish pies, alligator sausage, and turtle soup to go.

4. Schaefer Seafood

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1726 Lake Ave
Metairie, LA
(504) 833-3973
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Call ahead to check inventory, price, and to place your order at this beloved Metairie seafood shop, and don’t forget cash. There are no tables here and the line can get long, but after 40 years serving up some of the best boiled crawfish in town, staff helps it move fast. Check out the turtle soup in the case as well.

5. Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant (Multiple Locations)

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1713 Lake Ave
Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 831-4141
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Deanie’s was the first seafood market to open its doors in the quaint fishing village of Bucktown over 40 years ago. Instead of a basket of bread upon sitting down, diners are given a little bowl of crawfish boil potatoes. In addition to spot-on, perfect boiled seafood, the fried seafood is also killer. Curbside service available at the Bucktown and Magazine Street locations.

6. Frankie and Johnny's Restaurant

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321 Arabella St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 243-1234
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It’s officially crawfish season at this Uptown favorite, where neighborhood regulars drinks beer and gulp down crawfish on the front deck or at the lively bar. Also a destination for po’boys and raw and chargrilled oysters.

7. Clesi's Restaurant & Catering

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4323 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 909-0108
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Once a catering operation that gained a following with crawfish boils, Clesi’s is now an essential crawfish destination in Mid City. James Clesi runs the restaurant and the catering arm with his siblings, Carlo Clesi and Sonya Clesi, serving some of the best crawfish around — think citrus, pepper, and clove.

8. Bevi Seafood Co

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236 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA
(504) 488-7503
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Bevi Seafood started out in Metairie and gained such a following that the owners opened a second spot on Carrollton Avenue, which stays busy. The boiled and fried seafood is spot on, but it is obvious that a lot of attention is given to everything on the menu.

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9. Boil Seafood House

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3340 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 309-4532
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Boil sits on the bustling corner of Magazine and Louisiana with a menu that includes the once-elusive Vietnamese-style boiled crawfish. Hieu Doan, who just opened sister restaurant Hieux Boil in the former Namese space in Mid City, is behind the restaurant, which serves crawfish, crab, shrimp, lobster, mussels, or clams with Vietnamese, Cajun, garlic, or Caribbean flavors, plus diners get to choose how spicy they want their seafood.

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10. Broadview Seafood

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1468 N Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 944-3001
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Broadview is another great family-run Broad Street seafood market — this one calls themselves the “Crawfish House of America.” Good prices and friendly service.

11. North Broad Seafood

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1901 N Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 948-6050
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This grab and go, family-owned store on Broad is a hidden gem and one of the most pleasant spots to get boiled crawfish. The Nguyen family took over the ownership of North Broad Seafood back around 2007 and have been cooking up gumbo, po’ boys, red beans, and all varieties of boiled seafood items, known by the neighborhood as one of the best.

12. Mid City Seafood & Deli

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2526 St Bernard Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 324-9273

On those spring days when you just know everyone and their brother is looking to pick up crawfish, Mid City Seafood offers a less-crowded option where the line goes quick. The crawfish (and other boiled seafood it serves) are well-spiced and reasonably-priced.

13. Cajun Seafood (Multiple Locations)

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1479 N Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA
(504) 948-6000
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The Nguyen family boils such flavorful crawfish that there are four locations of the family’s shop, Cajun Seafood. In addition to grabbing bags of crawfish, try the marinated crab claws, stir-fry, yaka-mein (shrimp, chicken, beef, or combo), and side items like pig feet and turkey necks.

14. Zimmer's Seafood

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4915 St Anthony Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122
(504) 282-7150
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Head down Elysian Fields into Gentilly to hit Zimmer’s on St. Anthony Avenue and you won’t be disappointed. A top crawfish destination, it’s also known for it’s hot sausage po-boy.

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15. Big Ez Seafood

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1632 Lafayette St
Gretna, LA 70053
(504) 272-0711

There’s lots to enjoy at this West Bank seafood gem, including a top-notch Viet-Cajun boil, and it’s one of the best spots to get a huge amount of boiled crawfish — just be sure to call ahead.

16. Nola Crawfish King Seafood & Barbecue

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5321 Franklin Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122
(504) 571-5038
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Chris “Shaggy” Davis and team run Nola Crawfish King Seafood & Barbecue on Franklin Avenue, serving endless boiled seafood options as well as top-notch barbecue sandwiches and platters. Diners will know if there’s hot crawfish on deck if the flag’s out, and the shop’s Instagram stays up to date with complete crawfish info — but generally, if it’s crawfish season this spot will have them.

17. J & J Seafood

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632 Franklin Ave
Gretna, LA 70053
(504) 366-2219

They’ve been using the same boiled crawfish recipe since they opened the doors to J&J’s back in 1991 and that’s good — the crawfish is so popular that the spot has been known to sell out in under an hour. The focus is the food. Expect no frills or seating Expect no seating. Expect to be delighted.

18. Salvo's Seafood

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7742 Highway 23
Belle Chasse, LA
(504) 393-7303
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If you’ve ever dreamt of all-you-can-eat seafood that is fresh, perfectly cooked, and flavorful, this is your spot. The terms of the special change daily, so be sure to call ahead or check the website (it only happens at dinner). As far as crawfish, this is the spot for those 20-pound orders — the price gets lower at five pounds, and again at 20.

19. Today's Ketch Seafood

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2110 E Judge Perez Dr
Chalmette, LA
(504) 279-6639
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Around (and loved) since the mid-1980s, the delightful Today’s Ketch offers fresh seafood to take home and prepare or the option to enjoy what they’re boiling on site. Solid deals on crawfish are available for curbside delivery using the newly-created site.

1. Bobby’s Seafood

9013 Jefferson Hwy, River Ridge, LA 70123

Bobby’s Seafood in Harahan is a seafood market that sells fresh and boiled seafood, as well as the traditional list of po’ boys (i.e. shrimp, oyster, catfish, roast beef, etc). The food is solid and the freshness of the seafood can’t be beat. It’s mostly a market, but there are a couple tables.

9013 Jefferson Hwy
River Ridge, LA 70123

2. Seither’s Seafood

279 Hickory Ave, Harahan, LA 70123

Seither’s is tucked away in Harahan and you’ll know you’ve arrived when you a small, brightly colored building in a little parking lot of discarded oyster shells. The menu hits all the basics, but also has some more creative items, like the oyster, bacon and mozzarella monster po’ boy. Seither’s is currently hosting live music in a lovely space outside, a perfect backdrop for picking crawfish.

279 Hickory Ave
Harahan, LA 70123

3. Captain Sid's

1700 Lake Ave, Metairie, LA

Just down the street from Deanie’s, Captain Sid’s has been around for decades and specializes in fresh and boiled seafood. It’s a tidy operation with no tables, so plan on taking your loot with you. Before you go, check the deli case for stuffed crabs, crawfish pies, alligator sausage, and turtle soup to go.

1700 Lake Ave
Metairie, LA

4. Schaefer Seafood

1726 Lake Ave, Metairie, LA

Call ahead to check inventory, price, and to place your order at this beloved Metairie seafood shop, and don’t forget cash. There are no tables here and the line can get long, but after 40 years serving up some of the best boiled crawfish in town, staff helps it move fast. Check out the turtle soup in the case as well.

1726 Lake Ave
Metairie, LA

5. Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant (Multiple Locations)

1713 Lake Ave, Metairie, LA 70005

Deanie’s was the first seafood market to open its doors in the quaint fishing village of Bucktown over 40 years ago. Instead of a basket of bread upon sitting down, diners are given a little bowl of crawfish boil potatoes. In addition to spot-on, perfect boiled seafood, the fried seafood is also killer. Curbside service available at the Bucktown and Magazine Street locations.

1713 Lake Ave
Metairie, LA 70005

6. Frankie and Johnny's Restaurant

321 Arabella St, New Orleans, LA 70115

It’s officially crawfish season at this Uptown favorite, where neighborhood regulars drinks beer and gulp down crawfish on the front deck or at the lively bar. Also a destination for po’boys and raw and chargrilled oysters.

321 Arabella St
New Orleans, LA 70115

7. Clesi's Restaurant & Catering

4323 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Once a catering operation that gained a following with crawfish boils, Clesi’s is now an essential crawfish destination in Mid City. James Clesi runs the restaurant and the catering arm with his siblings, Carlo Clesi and Sonya Clesi, serving some of the best crawfish around — think citrus, pepper, and clove.

4323 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70119

8. Bevi Seafood Co

236 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA
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Bevi Seafood started out in Metairie and gained such a following that the owners opened a second spot on Carrollton Avenue, which stays busy. The boiled and fried seafood is spot on, but it is obvious that a lot of attention is given to everything on the menu.

236 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA

9. Boil Seafood House

3340 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
BOIL Seafood House crawfish
Josh Brasted

Boil sits on the bustling corner of Magazine and Louisiana with a menu that includes the once-elusive Vietnamese-style boiled crawfish. Hieu Doan, who just opened sister restaurant Hieux Boil in the former Namese space in Mid City, is behind the restaurant, which serves crawfish, crab, shrimp, lobster, mussels, or clams with Vietnamese, Cajun, garlic, or Caribbean flavors, plus diners get to choose how spicy they want their seafood.

3340 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

10. Broadview Seafood

1468 N Broad St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Broadview is another great family-run Broad Street seafood market — this one calls themselves the “Crawfish House of America.” Good prices and friendly service.

1468 N Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119

11. North Broad Seafood

1901 N Broad St, New Orleans, LA 70119

This grab and go, family-owned store on Broad is a hidden gem and one of the most pleasant spots to get boiled crawfish. The Nguyen family took over the ownership of North Broad Seafood back around 2007 and have been cooking up gumbo, po’ boys, red beans, and all varieties of boiled seafood items, known by the neighborhood as one of the best.

1901 N Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119

12. Mid City Seafood & Deli

2526 St Bernard Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

On those spring days when you just know everyone and their brother is looking to pick up crawfish, Mid City Seafood offers a less-crowded option where the line goes quick. The crawfish (and other boiled seafood it serves) are well-spiced and reasonably-priced.

2526 St Bernard Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

13. Cajun Seafood (Multiple Locations)

1479 N Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA

The Nguyen family boils such flavorful crawfish that there are four locations of the family’s shop, Cajun Seafood. In addition to grabbing bags of crawfish, try the marinated crab claws, stir-fry, yaka-mein (shrimp, chicken, beef, or combo), and side items like pig feet and turkey necks.

1479 N Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA

14. Zimmer's Seafood

4915 St Anthony Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122
Crawfish from Zimmer’s
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Head down Elysian Fields into Gentilly to hit Zimmer’s on St. Anthony Avenue and you won’t be disappointed. A top crawfish destination, it’s also known for it’s hot sausage po-boy.

4915 St Anthony Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122

15. Big Ez Seafood

1632 Lafayette St, Gretna, LA 70053

There’s lots to enjoy at this West Bank seafood gem, including a top-notch Viet-Cajun boil, and it’s one of the best spots to get a huge amount of boiled crawfish — just be sure to call ahead.

1632 Lafayette St
Gretna, LA 70053

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16. Nola Crawfish King Seafood & Barbecue

5321 Franklin Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122

Chris “Shaggy” Davis and team run Nola Crawfish King Seafood & Barbecue on Franklin Avenue, serving endless boiled seafood options as well as top-notch barbecue sandwiches and platters. Diners will know if there’s hot crawfish on deck if the flag’s out, and the shop’s Instagram stays up to date with complete crawfish info — but generally, if it’s crawfish season this spot will have them.

5321 Franklin Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122

17. J & J Seafood

632 Franklin Ave, Gretna, LA 70053

They’ve been using the same boiled crawfish recipe since they opened the doors to J&J’s back in 1991 and that’s good — the crawfish is so popular that the spot has been known to sell out in under an hour. The focus is the food. Expect no frills or seating Expect no seating. Expect to be delighted.

632 Franklin Ave
Gretna, LA 70053

18. Salvo's Seafood

7742 Highway 23, Belle Chasse, LA

If you’ve ever dreamt of all-you-can-eat seafood that is fresh, perfectly cooked, and flavorful, this is your spot. The terms of the special change daily, so be sure to call ahead or check the website (it only happens at dinner). As far as crawfish, this is the spot for those 20-pound orders — the price gets lower at five pounds, and again at 20.

7742 Highway 23
Belle Chasse, LA

19. Today's Ketch Seafood

2110 E Judge Perez Dr, Chalmette, LA

Around (and loved) since the mid-1980s, the delightful Today’s Ketch offers fresh seafood to take home and prepare or the option to enjoy what they’re boiling on site. Solid deals on crawfish are available for curbside delivery using the newly-created site.

2110 E Judge Perez Dr
Chalmette, LA

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